Miami Heat Big 3 Inspired Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan to Team Up'
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The Miami Heat’s Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have inspired other players around the NBA to team up and create their own versions of a superteam.

Among those that drew inspiration from James, Wade and Bosh were Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan, who created a formidable threesome of their own with the Brooklyn Nets this summer.

ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan told the story of how they planned to form their vaunted trio while they were members of the 2016 United States men’s national basketball team. At the time, their cruise ship was docked at Pier Maua in Rio de Janeiro, and it became the birthplace of the core of the Nets’ offseason haul in 2019.

“We didn’t just get to know each other, we got to know each other’s friends,” said Irving. “We had daily activities with one another. We started seeking each other out. Talking about everything. Being locked on a boat for a month brings out different parts in a lot of people.”

One of those talks, apparently, centered on the Heat trio being an example for them to follow later down the line.

“There were endless conversations about basketball, including how LeBron James had orchestrated his own ‘friend group’ in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh that yielded two titles,” wrote MacMullan. “One of the final nights on the Silver Cloud, as Ky, KD and DJ clinked glasses, Jordan recalls Irving saying, ‘Hey, this would be cool to do for real.’”

Curious as to what Irving had in mind, Jordan had to inquire to be sure he understood his Team USA teammate’s thoughts.

“Let’s all get on the same team and play together,” Irving replied.

Though Durant will not likely play at all this season after a ruptured Achilles in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals put him out of commission, Irving and Jordan know that they will eventually find themselves playing with the two-time Finals MVP.

Meanwhile, of the Heat’s trio, only James remains active as a player as Wade and Bosh have since retired. Their Big 3 legacy lives on, for better or for worse, whenever three All-Stars decide to team up and play together on one team.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.